When you think of the ultimate friend hangout, DIY facials, snacks, and multiple selfies probably factor into the mix. Not on that list? Getting fitted for a bra.
But at our recent at our recent Girls’ Night In party, we had all of the above. We teamed up with Aerie to flip the script on everything meh you associate with bra fittings (awkward, confidence-killing, and just plain groan-inducing) by treating New York City women to an exercise in empowerment—and a comfy bra that makes them feel like the powerful change-makers they are. Oh, and the manis didn’t hurt, either.
More than 80 women showed up to meet with Aerie’s bra fitting specialists (and soak up the sleepover vibes with mocktails, manicures, and meditation with Kelsey Patel) at a dreamy loft in Midtown.
Many women found out they were actually an entire size different from the bras that filled their closets.
The result? Surprise was the most common reaction among the women, many of whom found out they were actually an entire size different from the bras that filled their closets. “This was my first time getting a bra fitting,” one guest said. “Putting the Aerie bra on after taking off my current bra felt so perfect.”
And there was more. “They took more time to actually measure me and explain why I was that size,” said one Well+Good reader who brought her mom as her date. “That was the best bra I’ve ever put on, hands down,” another guest chimed in. So the verdict is in: Bra shopping is fun again.
Scroll down to see the rest of the girl power-fueled party (plus the loft that’s going to make you want to redecorate your apartment).
Because staying in is the new going out, we took over Gary’s Loft in Midtown and filled it with plants, candles, and crystals.
The dreamy space was totally decked out for all the hygge feels—AKA plush throws everywhere and squishy floor pillows courtesy of Society 6.
Images of the real-women stars of the #AerieREAL campaign—accompanied by words of wisdom on body confidence from the women themselves—decorated the room for floor-to-ceiling good energy.
Reiki master Kelsey Patel was the hostess for the evening, and she cozied up with guests to talk about the impact community can have on encouraging female empowerment.
To kick off the evening, Patel led the group in meditation, inviting women to share their desires, and then going through an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or “tapping”) session to remove the energy blockages keeping them from attaining those desires. Seriously legit stuff.
Afterward, over at the bra fitting station, Aerie specialists measured the women and gave them the opportunity to try on their OMG-am-I-even-wearing-a-bra? personal fits.
Inside the dressing rooms, mirrors added to the feel-good mood with confidence-boosting mantras (as all mirrors should TBH).
Women were treated to non-toxic manicures courtesy of sundays—because no girls’ night is complete without manis.
Guests got their Zen on with über-relaxing facial massages from FaceLove, complete with high-vibe jade rollers for reducing inflammation (#yas).
After the group EFT sesh, Patel led smaller groups in reiki sessions, where she helped them tap into their inner light and gave them a crystal to take home.
In keeping with the high-vibe theme, palm readings were also provided for a peak into the future.
Selfies with your BFFs is another girls’ night requirement—so SimpleBooth kept the party going with boomerangs in front of our plant wall (because who doesn’t love posing with plants?).
Party goers took home Well+Good swag bags filled with Aerie goodies—complete with their new amazing-fitting Aerie bra, obvi.
In partnership with Aerie
Photos: Tim Gibson for Well+Good
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